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With the end of Shane Mosley’s campaign to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao in November, welterweight contender Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to challenge the WBA champion. “I feel like right now it makes sense,” said Cintron. “With Cotto fighting Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting Marquez, I don’t see why he wouldn’t take a fight with me…It’s a big risk, I understand that. But it’s the one fight out there that is easily available for both of us.” Cintron is coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Angulo in May, while Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) dethroned Antonio Margarito via ninth rounsd KO in January.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report that welterweight Marco Antonio Nazareth passed away this morning in Puerto Vallarta due to injuries sustained in a brave firefight with Omar Chavez on Saturday night. Nazareth underwent emergency brain surgery, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski and Willis Lockett meet in a scheduled eight-round contest on August 8 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Majewski, 29, is originally from Radom, Poland. He has a pro record of 11-0, 7 K0s, including an impressive eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Latif Mundy in his last fight June 6 in the same ring. Lockett brings a record of 12-8-5, 5 K0s. In his last fight he dropped an eight-round decision to former WBC middleweight champion Keith Holmes in Holmes’ Washington, DC, backyard. After having weighed as much as 228 pounds for some fights, the 5-foot-9 Lockett now campaigns as a middleweight or super middleweight. He weighed 163 pounds against Holmes. (more…)
Urbano Antillon and Sam Peter will arrive in Nuevo Vallarta today for Latin Fury 10. Peter, newly signed by Top Rank, is now being trained by Abel Sanchez. Word is he is currently in the 240s.
The announce team for Latin Fury 10 will be Bernardo Osuna, Raul Marquez and Alan Massengale. Ring announcer is Jimmy Lennon Jr.
The PPV lineup includes the vacant WBA interim lightweight championship battle between Urbano Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) and Miguel Acosta (25-9-2, 19 KOs), WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) defending against Sonny Boy Jaro (29-8-6, 18 KOs), super flyweight Alejandro Martinez (13-1-1, 10 KOs against Alberto Rosas (28-5, 24 KOs), and light flyweight terror Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Juan Esquer (24-5-1, 18 KOs). Highlights of Sam Peter’s bout against Marcus McGee could also make the telecast.
Two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) defending his NABO Light Heavyweight title against two-time super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will battle August 15 LIVE on Super Channel Fights, from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell has come out all guns blazing ahead of his Super Six showdown with WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch on October 17th. Froch will have home advantage for the clash with promoter Mick Hennessy confirming that the fight will take place at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham with tickets for the event going on sale next week. The bout takes place on the opening night of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, a groundbreaking new tournament which will ultimately crown the world’s best Super Middleweight and produce a strong candidate for the best pound for pound fighter on the planet. (more…)
Six bouts are on tap for Friday night’s card in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center. In the main event of the Golden Boy Productions card, airing on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs) will take on Cornelius Lock (18-3-1, 11 KOs), of Detroit. In the eight-round co-main, featherweight Juan Carlos Velasquez (9-0, 5 KOs), of Puerto Rico, is up against Jose Angel Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico City. The four-bout undercard consists of super bantamweight Carlos Ivan Velasquez (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Juan Nazario (6-1, 4 KOs), both of Puerto Rico, in a sixer; El Paso jr. middle powerhouse Abie Han (4-0, 3 KOs), is up against his second straight undefeated fighter in Brian Soto (3-0, 1 KO), of San Antonio, in a six-round bout; welterweight Robert Luna, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs), of San Antonio, takes on Juarez’s accident-prone Manuel Bocanegra (7-9-1, 5 KOs); and, in a four-rounder at feather, Saul Morales (6-1, 3 KOs), of El Paso, fights Guadalupe De Leon (7-7, 4 KOs), of Mission, Tex., also four rounds. Doors open at the Don Haskins at 6 p.m. First bell is at 7 and ESPN2’s telecast of “Friday Night Fights” begins at 8. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster. – Chris Cozzone
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 KOs) is favoured to defeat John Hopoate (11-3,11KO’s) in a rematch when they clash at the AIS stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Thursday. 6’5 Mirovic said. “I am looking forward to this rematch – I am 100% fighting fit . I had a few problems when we boxed last time but there will be no excuses this time.” (Hopoate was declared the winner in round nine in September 2008 when Mirovic’s trainer, former three time world champion Jeff Fenech signaled to the referee Bob was in no condition to continue.) (more…)
WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard is learning first-hand how the risk-and-reward theory in boxing can work against a fighter. (more…)
A stacked card of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) action has gotten even bigger with today’s announcement of the explosive undercard for UFC 101: DECLARATION, which takes place live on Saturday, August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featuring a star-studded lineup of contenders and prospects, as well as local heroes from just up the turnpike in New Jersey, the UFC 101 undercard will undoubtedly set the stage for the co-featured bouts of the evening – the highly-anticipated UFC lightweight title bout between champion BJ Penn and challenger Kenny Florian, and the light heavyweight showdown pitting pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva against former world champion Forrest Griffin . . . Click here for more
Friends and fans of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti are invited to attend a memorial Mass that will be held in his honor on Thursday evening, July 30th at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic in Jersey City. “Since it was not possible for so many of Arturo’s friends and fans in the US to attend his funeral this past weekend in Montreal, we think that it is only right to give them the opportunity to celebrate Arturo’s life and pay their respects next Thursday at St. John’s,” said Gatti’s boxing manager and mentor, Pat Lynch. (more…)
Unfortunately the doctors caring for injured fighter Marco Antonio “Texano” Nazareth at the Med-America Hospital in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico have reported moments ago that the health of the boxer is very grave with possibly only 10% brain function working. Family and friends have gathered at the hospital as doctors do all they can to save the fallen warrior. Nazareth underwent brain surgery on Saturday night after being knocked out in a hotly contested battle with Omar Chavez. Let’s pray for the health of Marco Antonio Nazareth.
By Francisco Salazar
As if being undefeated and having one of the more respected boxing managers was not enough, three young fighters will now have a major promoter on their side. Unbeaten fighters Luis Ramos, Carlos Molina, and Ronny Rios signed exclusive promotional contracts with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. All three will see action on Thursday, July 30th at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Returning light heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu (26-3-1, 15 KOs), of Camden, New Jersey, will now face Youngstown, Ohio’s DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) on Friday, July 31 at Resorts Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey after Ajamu’s original opponent, Dallas “Deaf Pride” Vargas, suffered a training injury. Said Prince, “That’s the way boxing is, sometimes. I almost expected it.” Ajamu and Abron will box twelve rounds for Ajamu’s NBA light heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Timor Ibragimov (24-2-1, 13 KOs), of Tashkent, Uzbekistan and now Hallandale, Florida, will face Willie Palms (10-7-1, 5 KOs), of Jersey City, New Jersey in a six round heavyweight bout. DeeLee Promotions is presenting “All In”. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $75, and $90 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-736-1420 or 1-856-692-1206. Doors open at 7:30 PM with the first bout starting at 8:30 PM.
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that tickets for the Nov. 14 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will be priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300 and $150 and that it will go on sale beginning next month. The 12-round welterweight war will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Pacquiao already installed a 2-1 favorite over the shaven-skulled bomber from Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Former world heavyweight champion Sam Peter of Nigeria has signed with Top Rank and will fight this weekend in Mexico. Peter, (30-3-0, 23 KOs) will fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 in Tepic, Mexico. He will take on Marcus McGee, (22-16-1, 11 KOs). The bout will be on Top Rank’s international broadcast. Peter is ranked IBF #6, WBC #14.Bruce Trampler, chief matchmaker of Top Rank, said: “Our whole team is going to work with Sam. We know what he wants, another crack at the heavyweight world title. He has the right kind of thunder to get there.” Peter signed his promotional contract in Top Rank’s office in Las Vegas today. He will take a flight to Mexico on Wednesday.
After having his boxing license revoked by the German Boxing Federation (BDB) for medical reasons, 46-year-old heavyweight Andreas Sidon (33-8, 27 KOs) has won a court case for reinstatement and is planning a comeback. The former German champion is targeting Universum’s unbeaten Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs).
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and nemesis David Haye will meet face to face this week during promotional stops in Frankfurt and London. They collide September 12 in Frankfurt.
The mouth-watering SHOWTIME “Super Six” super middleweight showdown between unbeaten Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor on October 17 may be landing in Berlin.
Following his loss to Eddie Chambers, former WBO #1 heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko could return in a fall rematch with former world title challenger Luan Krasniqi, whom he kayoed in three last year.
Superstars Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees can’t wait for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto mega fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14. “I love Manny,” said Kobe. “I enjoy being around people who are just as competitive, who have the same passion and work ethic. If I don’t have a game that night I’ll be there.” Jeter is looking for two ringside tickets. The New York Giants football team is off that weekend and some of the top players will be heading in for the fight. One of Cotto’s biggest fans is Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets. He has been at ringside for many of Cotto’s big fights. “We are getting so many calls from sports and entertainment stars,” said Bob Arum. “This is going to be a premier sports event.” Kobe met Pacquiao at a recent Nike commerical video shoot in Los Angeles. Kobe spoke about Pacquiao while at a Nike press function in Makati City, Philippines. Kobe was quoted about Manny on the GMA.News.TV website.
Top Rank will soon announce details how to purchase tickets for the mega fight.
Top Rank plans to call Pacquiao vs Cotto “POWER SURGE.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff/www.PeterFrutkoff.com
It was a day of fun in the sun at the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY this past Saturday as Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions put together a entertaining show featuring some of the top local prospects as well a post fight concert and barbeque for the fans. The near capacity crowd basked in the sun and lovely eighty-degree weather (with a slight breeze) as undefeated junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (8-0, 4 KOs) – from nearby Greenlawn, NY – sent the fans home happy with a come from behind six round unanimous decision victory over Jose “The Problem” Guzman (5-5-1) in the main event. Also in action, undefeated heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer scored a crunching knockout of Marcus Dickerson at 1:25 of the opening round. (More)
For over a century, Los Angeles has been regarded as one of the greatest boxing cities in the world. With a large fan base, Los Angeles has also been the home and the home-away-from home for many of the best and most exciting boxers in the history of the sports. Since the mid 40’s, local boxing has had an interesting relationship with local television and now, after almost 10 years of absence, it is making a long-awaited return into the Southern California homes. Starting on July 30th, KWHW-TV, Channel 22, in association with Big Star Promotions will launch a new live boxing series entitled “Noche de Boxeo” , a monthly two-hour feature to be presented live on the last Thursday of every month. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports® Super Six World Boxing Classic, the groundbreaking six-man super middleweight tournament announced last week, will debut with two Group Stage 1 matchups on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the third Group Stage 1 bout taking place on Saturday, Nov. 21. All three world-class matches will air on SHOWTIME®. The initial dates in the unprecedented, celebrated tournament were formally announced Tuesday by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. Venues will be announced soon. The Super Six World Boxing Classic will be contested on both American and European continents. (more…)
At a press conference today at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, a joint venture was announced between Joe Calzaghe Enterprises Ltd. and Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group. Calzaghe Promotions will hold its first fight bill at Newport Leisure Centre on August 21 featuring three of Calzaghe Promotions’ contracted fighters, Gavin Rees, Bradley Pryce and Tony Docherty. Calzaghe Promotions has also reached an agreement with Enzo Calzaghe and Newbridge Boxing Club for Enzo Calzaghe to train and manage its contracted boxers.
By Sam DiTusa
With the recent news that Showtime will sponsor a super middleweight tournament, the rest of the talent rich 168-pound division will have to wait until the smoke clears to see who’s left standing. In the meantime, the remaining contenders will have to stay busy. On August 29th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington two of the divisions notables will meet. Kingsley Ikeke, (25-3, 14 KOs ) will battle Mark Woolnough, ( 21-5, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event of what promoter Brian Halquist believes will be a standing room only crowd. Ikeke is coming off of a fourth round dismantling of Tacoma native Emmitt Linton just two months ago. Woolnough, who hails from nearby Qualicum Beach, BC, is the former 168lb Canadian champion and current CAM titleholder. He has run off five wins in a row. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated 154 pounder Robert Medley (24-2,16 KOs) will be back in action on Friday when he clashes with highly regarded Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-7-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cube, Cambelltown NSW, Australia. Medley’s only losses came at the hands of one of the best welterweights in the world – Isaac Hlatswayo of South Africa who challenges for the IBF title in August against Delvin Rodriguez. Cabuy scored his best win of his career in 2008 when he scored a twelve round decision over Samuel Colomban. On the undercard two time Australian champion Mathew Paulley (18-5-5, 7 KOs) will punch it out with Moses Seran (20-14, 10 KOs) over ten rounds in welterweight bout. Former world rated 135 pounder Ranee Ganoy (25-11-2, 21 KOs) will do battle with Heri Andriyanto (14-8-1, 9 KOs) of Indonesia. Lenny Zappavigna (19-0, 14 KOs) will meet Filippino Rey Anton Olarte (8-9-2) in 140 pound bout. Promoter Bill Treacy. Matchmaker Pat Kennedy. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable Television Network.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco will fight for the vacant WBA interim light flyweight title against Francisco “La Chiquita” Rosas of Mexico on August 15 in the Coliseo Arena Miguel Canto in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The WBA #1 rated mandatory challenger Reveco has a record of 20-1 with 11 KOs, while #3 Rosas is 20-6-2, 12 KOs. Coincidentally, WBA full light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura is slated to defend against Sonny Boy Jaro on the same day on Top Rank’s big Latin Fury 10 card about 1200 miles west in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
This past Thursday night at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, former USBA light heavyweight champion David Telesco (30-6-1, 25 KOs) proved once again that age is just a number as the forty-one year old dropped journeyman Will “Big Deal” Gill (9-24, 7 KOs) twice, en-route to a spectacular second round knockout in the eight round main event. The six bout card promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing had several entertaining bouts, including a exciting semi-final scrap, in which late replacement super featherweight Victor “The Viper” Valenzuela (6-0, 1 KO) of Passaic, NJ pulled out a six round split decision victory over local favorite Pasqual Rouse (20-14-3, 11 KOs) of Yonkers, NY. (More)
By Charlie Weedon
After an almost five-year Hurricane Katrina-induced hiatus, professional boxing is returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS, on July 24th and 25th. Promoter Leslie Bonano of “Brawlin In N’Awlins” has assembled back-to-back cards featuring up and coming Southern pugilists. Billed as “Return of the Ring,” the excitement will commence on the Casino property at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday Evenings, with the doors opening at 7 PM. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Reports out of Spain are that newly crowned WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (18-2, 6 KOs) will make his first defense of his title against unbeaten Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs). The bout will take place August 15th in Shumenov’s native country of Kazakhstan. In his last bout this past June, Campillo was a huge betting underdog when he defeated then WBA champion Hugo Garay in Garay’s native Argentina by close majority decision. Those unfamiliar with the fast-tracking Shumenov should know that he is much more advanced than his eight professional bouts suggest. Shumenov has already easily defeated two former world champions in Montell Griffin by uananimous decision and Byron Mitchell by 4th round TKO in his last bout this past May.
More than thirty of the United States top promoters met at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City today to discuss the current state of boxing and the need to establish a unified boxing promoters association. After an all day meeting the promoters unanimously formed a trade association. The organizational structure and name will be released after the next meeting in September. Those in attendance included: Alfredo Marchio, Aaron Jacobs, Banner Promotions, Classic Entertainment & Sports, DiBella Entertainment, Don Chargin Productions, Don King Productions, Fight Factory, Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Goosen-Tutor Promotions, Gotham Boxing, Hirsch-Borao Promotions, Hitz Boxing, KEA Boxing Promotions, Let’s Get It On Promotions, Main Events, Maryland Boxing Club, Mike Acri Promotions, One Punch Productions, Peltz Boxing, Ring Promotions, Roy Englebrecht Events, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Star Boxing, Square Ring, Thompson Boxing, TKO Boxing Promotions, Top Rank and Xcel Worldwide. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Montreal said goodbye to a champion Monday as a standing-room only crowd of family and friends packed the Notre Dame de la Defence Church in the city’s Little Italy District for the funeral of Arturo Gatti. Close to a thousand people clogged the aisles and spilled outside for the one hour service that included a WBC belt being awarded posthumously and presented to his mother Ida Gatti. Everyone from the Montreal boxing community was on hand including stars Lucian Bute, Joachim Alcine, Yvon Michel and Stephane Larouche along with childhood friends Mike Moffa and Victor Salvatore. Letters from the Mayor of Jersey City and Mike Tyson were read aloud to those in attendance. Tyson’s words recalled first meeting a very young Gatti in the Catskills while training with the likes of Matthew Hilton. Stories were told of a young Gatti making the trip down to Jersey shore as a teenager with no money and just a few clothes bundled in plastic bag as he met up with his brother Joe who had made the trip a few years earlier in pursuit of the same goal. Mourners came from far and wide including promoters Carl Morreti and Kathy Duva, longtime trainer Buddy McGirt, and the man he’ll be forever linked with, Micky Ward. The misty-eyed gathering stood and applauded as the casket containing the two-time champion left the building, saying goodbye and thank you for the final time.
Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, announced today that the mega-fight between boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year, Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto is official. “Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have reached an agreement to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14,” said Arum. The fight will be seen live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Top Rank is working on a major media tour to start right after Labor Day. Further details will be announced as we get closer to kicking off the tour.” (more…)
In addition to the purse bid for Kessler-Perdomo, Brian Peters Promotions won the right to promote WBA super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne’s first title defense against interim titleholder Poonsawat Kratindaeng. The winning bid was $120,000 with Peters being the only bidder. Possible dates and places for the fight are September 26th in Dublin, Ireland, October 2nd in Macau, China or October 3rd in New York City. Both purse auctions were held at the European Boxing Association (EBA) office in Vitoria, Spain.
Team Sauerland today won the purse bid for WBA Super-Middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defense against Gusmyl Perdomo with an offer of $2,114,000 (USD). General Manager Chris Meyer was pleased about the outcome. “We really wanted to promote Mikkel´s first fight as a member of our team,” he said. “We will announce the date and the venue soon.” Other bids were presented by Universum Box-Promotion and Team Palle. Possible dates and places of winning bid: September 12th in Herning, Denmark, or Flensburg, Germany. The mandatory defence against Perdomo will be the Viking Warrior´s last fight before participating in SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking “Super Six World Boxing Classic.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
A long distance call from Bob Arum over the weekend proved crucial in compelling Manny Pacquiao to finally make a decision to face Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, a senior adviser of the Filipino fighter told fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. Mike Koncz said Pacquiao and Cotto will square off at 145 lbs on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and “an adjustment” was made in the negotiations in Pacquiao’s favor. Koncz, however, politely declined to divulge details. Pacquiao had insisted that Cotto go down to 143 lbs for the fight to take place but Arum may have said something that was music to Pacquiao’s ears. Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal said recently that “a premium” would likely persuade Pacquiao to accommodate Cotto’s request that the scheduled 12-rounder be fought at 145 lbs. It had originally been planned that Pacquiao, Koncz and Gacal would fly to Los Angeles but Koncz said there would be no more need for such a tiring and costly trip since Pacquiao has already agreed. Koncz said an announcement from Arum is expected soon.
FightNews has learned that more then two dozen U.S. boxing promoters are meeting Monday afternoon in New York City behind closed doors to discuss the “State of Boxing” and how to revive the industry. Insiders state that promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing is the “promoter” of the summit but DeGuardia did not return calls and his staff did not comment. No media will be allowed at the meeting but FightNews was able to obtain the agenda. The topics for discussion include:
– Standardization of fighter and promotional contracts.
– Establishing a national databases for medical records so that promoters will know which fighters are medically eligible.
– Collaboration on reducing general expenses such as insurances and medical policies.
– Increasing sponsorship and network packages.
– Discussing general business practices such as contractual rights, combating tortuous interferences and the abuse of bankruptcy court.
– General discussion of the economics of the industry.
– Discussing upcoming legislative issues that are currently proposed by both State and Federal governments.
– Discuss the impact of MMA and how to have “equality under the law” with MMA.
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